SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Suctioning: Comfort or Curative?

Presenter Information

McKenzie EakesFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this research study was to evaluate recent research studies to define best practices related to suctioning in the hospice care setting. Katharine Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort was the theoretical framework that helped guide this research project. A compilation of observational and non-experimental studies provided evidence concluding that suctioning is not recommended for hospice patients. Literature shows other nursing interventions such as elevating head of bed, repositioning patient’s head, turning patient on side, and use of anti-muscarinic medications are more effective in alleviating secretions.

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Senior Nursing Poster Session

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Suctioning: Comfort or Curative?

The purpose of this research study was to evaluate recent research studies to define best practices related to suctioning in the hospice care setting. Katharine Kolcaba’s Theory of Comfort was the theoretical framework that helped guide this research project. A compilation of observational and non-experimental studies provided evidence concluding that suctioning is not recommended for hospice patients. Literature shows other nursing interventions such as elevating head of bed, repositioning patient’s head, turning patient on side, and use of anti-muscarinic medications are more effective in alleviating secretions.